Quentin Tarantino’s favourite L.A. hangouts

Posted on 16 September 2009
By Andy Johnson
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Quentin Tarantino has broken down his favourite hang outs in L.A.

The Inglourious Basterds director told Purple Revolver his best places to chow down, get his daily movie fix and where he hides out to work on scripts.

Amongst the cinemas the Kill Bill mastermind said Grauman’s Chinese Theatre is where he watches most new releases and pointed to Eddie Brandt’s Saturday Matinee as his fave video rental store.

The top spot for QT fans to pay a pildrimmage to must be Barney’s Beanery in West Hollywood, a traditional American roadhouse, which boasted The Doors, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix amongst its regulars in the 1960s.

It opened as a stopover haunt at the end of Route 66 in 1927 and has a newspaper-style menu, featuring more than a 1000 dishes and beers from around the world. The tables all have glass covers with cuttings from various pop culture magazines and wall to wall TVs playing sports.

But Quentin revealed he has a special spot in the middle of the joint, where he can concentrate and it was here that he wrote the majority of Pulp Fiction.

He’s QT’s top tips for the City Of Angeles.

1. Grauman’s Chinese Theatre – Hollywood

“I love New York, but I couldn’t live there day in and day out, because they have sucky theaters there. The Chinese Theatre is fantastic; that’s my favorite.”

2. Toi – Hollywood

“It’s open really late; the food is great. I come in to write. During the day, it’s way kicked back. They always play good music. I can sit for five hours, order some coffee and just work. I’ve been doing that at Toi for 15 years.”

3. Ye Coach & Horses – Hollywood

“It’s a big Hollywood landmark to me. Tim Roth took me there before I cast him in ‘Reservoir Dogs.’ We went there to talk about the character. It was a lot of fun. It’s a very ‘Mean Streets’ kind of place.”

4. Barney’s Beanery – West Hollywood

“Whenever someone comes to town and hasn’t been to L.A. before, I like to take them to the Beanery. It’s such a great experience. It’s one of the few places that has been around for so long.

“There’s one booth there too that I love. It’s a little one, and there’s a post there that kind of cuts you off. It helps you concentrate a little bit too.”

5. Eddie Brandt’s Saturday Matinee – North Hollywood/Valley Village

“That is hands down my favorite place to rent a movie and the place I would say for anyone who wanted to bone up on the grindhouse-type movies.

“It’s the last man standing. There are a lot of pretenders to the throne, but that’s the real one.”

6. Larry Edmunds Bookshop – Hollywood

“I like specialty bookstores; they’re a lot of fun. Larry Edmunds is probably one of the best for cinema books.

“When you ask me my favorite bookstore, I actually think of places in New York, London and Paris. Here in L.A. I’d have to say that one, though.”